The public will get another chance to see some of the Eastern Cape’s top up-and-coming jocks in action when the Bay FM DJ Search’s club tour continues at the Godfather Supreme nightclub in Port Elizabeth on Thursday evening.
The talent competition, which is in its second year, forms part of the MTN Nelson Mandela Bay Splash Festival’s community upliftment programme.
According to coordinator Greg O Gee, the search consists of three preliminary rounds and a quarterfinal in the lead-up to this year’s festival at Hobie Beach (April 2 to 5), where the semi-finals and final will take place.
The eight semi-finalists – to be selected at La Dee Das on March 20 – will be taken to boot camp on March 28, where the Function Junction DJ Academy will be assisting them in refining their techniques.
Here, said O Gee, they would be equipped with business and technical skills to help them better sell themselves in the industry.
He said DJs had become artists in their own right. “They are now getting their music onto the shelves like any other performer.”
O Gee, a well-known DJ at the community radio station, said the competition was a development initiative sprouting from the organisers of the Splash Festival. “The aim is to assist promising young DJs in selling themselves as a product with the eye on future employment.”
He said last year’s top six contestants were now all resident DJs at nightclubs in the metro, proving the value of the training and exposure. “Last year’s winner (DJ Spectrum) started off at Godfather Supreme on the three-month contract that he was awarded as part of his prize and he now has a full-time gig.”
After the success of last year’s search and to tie in with the clubbing crowd, the DJ showcase has been allocated extended evening slots and a main stage berth at the Splash Festival.
For more information, contact the festival office on 041 393 4844 or visit www.splashfestival.com.
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